Application deadline

January 15 (summer semester)
July 15 (winter semester)

Study time

3 semesters or 5 semesters (part time)

Study title

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

Why study Master Surveying?

The Master of Engineering Surveying is a geodesy course of study that prepares students for a career in industrial and engineering surveying as well as for a career in higher administrative surveying. For this purpose, you will acquire in-depth knowledge in earth physics, statistics, industrial surveying, land management and geoinformatics.
The language of instruction is German.
The target group are bachelor's graduates with a deeper interest in surveying and graduates of a university course with a focus on geodesy. The contents of the three-semester course of study have been agreed upon with representatives from the field of practice and the Ministry of Economics of Baden-Württemberg in such a way that the qualification for the legal clerkship for theHigher Surveying Administration Service is achieved. In addition, the course of study is kept flexible through additional options such as traffic planning or 3D city models and not only meets the future requirements of industry and administration, but also takes into account current problems such as the development of Smart Cities and modern sustainable mobility concepts

Graduates can expect a job market with a high demand for qualified engineers. Career entries succeed with comprehensive knowledge in industrial surveying (e.g. automotive industry or precision mechanical/optical field), at university as well as in research or teaching. Geodesists are also required in accident and crime scene surveying, which is part of forensics.

The Master's degree qualifies for a career in higher administrative service as well as for a doctorate.

Good reasons for a Master's degree in Surveying!
  • Very good career prospects
  • Enormously high range of interesting possibilities.
  • You are interested in further deepening the knowledge you acquired in your Bachelor's degree
  • A Master's degree opens additional doors, e.g. in public service and research
  • Qualification for the legal clerkship for the Higher Administrative Surveying Service
Gruppenbild Studienbereich Vermessung
We accompany your studies
Good reasons to study with us!
  • Studies with high practical relevance
  • Part-time studies possible
  • Competent and committed professors, employees
  • Assistant lecturers from the private sector and from administrations for even more practical relevance
  • Laboratories with extensive and modern equipment
  • Intensive contacts to partner universities at home and abroad
  • Foreign languages and soft skills
  • Applied research
Messung im Projekt Ingenieurvermessung (Master Vermessung)
We accompany your studies!
Messung im Projekt Ingenieurvermessung (Master Vermessung)


What do you have to bring?

  • An above-average degree - grade average 2.5 or better - from a German university or a comparable foreign university with at least three years of standard study in the profile Surveying and Geoinformatics.
  • Thirst for knowledge and interest in processes on and in the earth that are relevant for geodesy.
  • Openness, willingness to work together with other disciplines in interdisciplinary teams

What do we offer?

  • A sound training in the above-mentioned key areas
  • Intensive contact with the teachers through small groups
  • Mediation of contents in practical project work
  • Exciting business contacts at home and abroad
  • Most modern measuring instruments and software
  • Numerous laboratories with extensive equipment and competent support
  • The opportunity to study abroad
  • Learning foreign languages
  • To acquire further soft skills for a professional life as an executive



Deepened basics


Engineering Surveying




compulsory elective incl. Master thesis

The completely modularized course of study can be completed full-time (3 semesters) or part-time (5 semesters). By grouping the main subjects Engineering Surveying and Landmanagement, the course can be started in the winter semester as well as in the summer semester. In all modules, rhetoric, presentation techniques, scientific and interdisciplinary work and teamwork are encouraged. Competences in marketing, leadership and management can be acquired in interdisciplinary elective courses.

Summer semester: Engineering Surveying

Geodesy, measurement data analysis, engineering geodesy, project work engineering surveying and elective courses.


Wintersemester: Landmanagement

Landmanagement, real estate cadastre, spatial and urban land use planning, land readjustment, geodata management, project organisation and project control, project work landmanagement and elective courses.


Elective courses

In both specialisations, compulsory modules of 20 credits must be completed. A further 10 credit points per specialisation are to be acquired in elective subjects. These can be chosen in consultation with the Dean of Studies, the courses offered in all master's degree programmes at the HFT Stuttgart or other universities. This strengthens interdisciplinarity.


Final semester & Master Thesis

In the final semester, the focus is on research work and the Master's thesis. With the final Master's thesis, students show that they can independently work on a chosen project in a scientifically sound manner within a given time and complete it successfully. Tasks result from research work of the professors or from cooperation with practice. Suggestions from students are gladly taken up. The Master's thesis can of course also be completed at partner universities or companies abroad. The master thesis must be presented and defended in a seminar.
Examples of Master's thesis topics from previous years.


Our professors encourage us to carry out experiments independently and also to take paths that are not considered to be common practice. In this way we can learn from our tasks and grow from them. Even if one or the other measuring process does not run as expected, we are always driven to keep trying and learn from our mistakes, I appreciate that very much.

[Image: Anna-Maria Kunzi]
Anna-Maria Kunzi,
Students in Bachelor Surveying and Geoinformatics

Stays abroad

What does a stay abroad during my studies offer me?
  • Enrichment of individual education,
  • opportunity to establish contacts and expand networks,
  • confrontation with cultural traditions,
  • improvement of intercultural competence and foreign language skills,
  • strengthening of personal character traits (independence, flexibility, initiative, assertiveness).
Studentin mit Rucksack bereit für Auslandserfahrungen
How do I integrate a stay abroad into my studies?
  • during a study semester
  • during the final thesis

A stay abroad is explicitly supported by the study program! In the field of surveying and geoinformatics of the HFT Stuttgart there are numerous international university partnerships and further foreign contacts to companies and institutions.

For preparation and planning of a semester abroad you can contact the International Office of the university, or the international representative of the Department of Surveying Prof. Dr. Paul Rawiel.

Vermessung und Geoinformatik Einsatz in der Polarfoschung

Partner universities and contacts abroad

Especially studying at a partner university in the course of an exchange semester offers the following advantages:

  • simple application procedure
  • regulated recognition of achievements
  • no tuition fees
  • easier access to student residences
Federal University of Paraná Curitiba Brasilien
University of El Salvador San Salvador El Salvador
Cundinamarca University Barrancabermeja Kolumbien
Technologico de Monterrey Monterrey Mexico
Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY) Yucatan Mexico
Anna University Chennai (Madras) Indien
CEPT University Ahmedabad Indien
Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Trivandrum Indien
University of Kerala Thiruvananthapuran Indien
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Jahor Malaysia
Istanbul Technical University Istanbul Türkei
University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy Sofia Bulgarien
Ecole Supérieure des Géomètres et Topographes (ESGT) Le Mans Frankreich
Università degli Studi di Parma Parma Italien
Technical University Riga Riga Lettland
Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography Moskau Russland
Strydom & Associates Land Surveyors Windhoek Namibia
Hughes Surveys & Consultant Inc. New Brunswick Kanada
Cyra Technologies Oakland USA
Flatirons Surveying Inc. Boulder USA
Meridian Surveying Engineering Inc. San Francisco USA
Woods Land Surveying San Diego USA
Ed. Züblin AG Singapore Singapore Singapore
United Surveyors Pte. Ltd. Singapore Singapore
Wang & EF Tan Associates Singapore Singapore


Qasco Surveys Pty. Ltd. - seit 2013 übernommen von der AAM Group South Brisbane, Queensland Australien
School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management St. Lucia, Queensland Australien
ERSIS Australia South Brisbane, Queensland Australien
Survey 21 Pty. Ltd. Camberwell, Victoria Australien
Yasco Northern Surveys Pty. Ltd. Stuart Park Australien
Trimble New Zealand Riccarton, Christchurch Neuseeland
Aalborg University, Dept. of Development & Planning Aalborg Denmark
GEODE Chambery France
Jaques Boch - Geometre Expert D.P.L.G. Chambery France
APR Services Ltd. London Great Britain
Initial Land Surveys, Central Depot Sheffield Great Britain
European Academy Bolzano Bolzano Italy
Surveyor Josef Raffeiner Eppan Italy
SISCAM S.r.l. Florence Italy
Societa Generale Di Topografia S.r.l. Reggio Emilia Italy
Vorarlberger Illwerke AG Bregenz Austria
Engineering Consortium Surveying AVT ZT Imst Austria
GIS Market Support Association Moscow Russia
NAVGEOKOM Moscow Russia
Trimble Nordic Danderyd Sweden
Leica Geosystems AG Heerbrugg Switzerland
Terra Surveys AG Zurich Switzerland
University of Zurich-Irchel, Institute of Geography Zurich Switzerland
STRAT geodetske storitve d.o.o. Velenje Slovenia
Institut Carografic de Catalunya Barcelona Spain

Funding / Scholarships

In addition to BAföG, scholarships can also contribute to the financing of studies. The HFT Stuttgart supervises two scholarships:

  • HFT scholarship
  • Germany Scholarship

Further information can be found under "Financing".

Application & admission

The application for the Master's programme in Surveying is done online.

The prerequisite is an above-average degree - grade average 2.5 or better - from a German university or a comparable foreign university with at least three years of standard study in the profile Surveying and Geoinformatics.


Our graduates have a wide range of career opportunities, both as independent engineers and in management positions in business and public administration. The main focus on landmanagement and engineering surveying qualifies them for various fields of geodesy. Both in the classical fields of geodesy as well as in new fields of work resulting from digitalisation, the energy revolution or the development of smart cities, young professionals are urgently sought. So an interesting and diverse field of work is waiting for you.


Fields of activity

  • as self-employed engineers
  • as a salaried employee or employee in companies or public administration
  • Qualification for a legal clerkship for the higher surveying administration service is achieved with the Master degree
  • Employees in industry (e.g. automotive industry, keyword "mobility")
  • research and development

Since my master's degree, I have been constantly working as a student trainee in various companies. Thus I immediately found a job or was taken on.

[Image: Fabian Müller]
Fabian Müller,
LBBW Immobilien Kommunalentwicklung GmbH

Facilities & Laboratories

  • Messungen beim Integrierten Mess Projekt (IVP)
    Laboratory for Geodetic Measurement TechniquesDetails
  • Vermessung und Geoinformatik BIM 3D-Modell
    Laboratory for Building Information Modeling in Surveying and Geoinformatics (BIM-VG)Details
  • Vermessung und Geoinformatik Auswertung Laserscanning
    Laboratory for Geodetic Data ProcessingDetails
  • Laserscanning
    Laboratory for Engineering Measurement TechniquesDetails
  • Vermessung und Geoinformatik Auswertung Geoinformationssystem (GIS)
    Laboratory for interoperable, and open-source Geospatial Software, Data and Standards (HFT ICA-OSGeo-Lab)Details
  • Studierende an Bildschirmen
    Laboratory for Image Understanding and Earth Observation Sensors (LIMES)Details
  • Studenten der Informationslogistik am 3D-Drucker
    3D Fabber-LabDetails
  • Messkammer Virtual Reality Industrie 4.0 Labor
    Industry 4.0 LaboratoryDetails
  • Schlauer Klaus Industrie 4.0 Labor Informationslogistik
    Laboratory for Sensor and Identification SystemsDetails
  • Gruppenbild Fachbeirat Geodäsie der HFT Stuttgart
    Advisory Board Geodesy of the HFT StuttgartDetails



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Contact person

Gerrit Austen
Gerrit Austen +49 711 8926 2348
Susanne Hilligardt +49 711 8926 2606